Stone Carving Sculpture Lessons


These sculpture lessons are a great way to learn how to carve stone but before you begin you must have the right materials and safety equipment.  

You will need to have the right materials for stone sculpting. A good start is a good stable surface to work on. I recommend a portable workbench with blocks to hold the stone in place.

You are also going to need the right tools to do the job. If you have not viewed the carving tools page, I recommend that you take the time to get an idea of what you are going to need.

Depending on the type of stone you are carving it is a good idea to have a dust mask and some safety glasses. You may want to wear a bandana or a cap to keep the dust out of your hair and also wear old clothes and have a water bottle close by.

How to carve stone

These easy step by step sculpture lessons begin with a simple sculpture of a Koru. This is a great sculpture for anyone who is very new to stone sculpting because it is very easy to do.

As you do more of the lessons you will gradually advance to more challenging sculptures as they become more detailed.

I will be adding the other sculpting courses in the coming months. Be sure to join our free mailing list below to keep up to date with the new lessons as they are posted.


Lesson One: How to carve a Koru in stone

(Price $7.00 US)

This online lesson is a great start for a beginner. It includes instructions and a template for you to try.

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Lesson Two: Abstract Native Flax Plant

(Price $7.00 US)

In this lesson you will learn how to create a sculpture that has great contrast between light and shadow. It is a good lesson as it is still at a beginner's level but it is slightly more challenging design than the Koru sculpture.

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Lesson Three: Love Heart Candle
(Price $10.00 US)

Leading on from the beginner level. This very popular sculpture is a little more advanced, but it incorporates many of the techniques from the two lessons above.

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Wooden Mallet

I recommend using a wooden mallet for carving Oamaru stone.

Chisel Set

Woodworking chisels are perfectly fine for carving with Oamaru stone. 

Masonary Sealer 

This is the best sealer that I could find on Amazon that I would consider to be suitible for Oamaru Stone 

Course Sandpaper

Ryobi Engraver

Fine Sandpaper


Scissor Lift Trolly

Mobile Tool Box

Shaugns Recommended Stone Carving Tools

Although the tools below are sold through Amazon. They are the same as the stone carving tools that I personally recommend to my students for carving with Oamaru stone.

Poratable Workbench

These benches are height adjustable which makes them perfect for stone carving. I own the Ryobi workbench and love it, but unfortunatlly it is only sold through Amazon's UK store for people that are wanting to buy it online.

Stanley: Surform Shaver

This is a must-have tool for shaping large areas of Oamaru stone

Riffler Files

These are smaller files that are designed for the parts of your sculpture that are difficult to get at. They are also an essential set of tools

Builders Pencils

Crosscut Hand Saw

This type of crosscut  hand saw is my recommendation for cutting Oamaru stone

Keyhole Handsaw

A very handy saw. Mosty used for sawing after a hole after it has been drilled into the stone.